Tuesday, December 22, 2015

cranberries


sweater: Francesca's houndstooth sweater (super old, but Francesca's is still a great sweater destination - this faux fur collar cape is a current favorite)


skirt: J.Crew Factory pencil skirt (also loving this mod mini skirt with pocket details)


necklace: old boutique ribbon necklace



Continuing from yesterday's office to office party outfit post - this look is also something that could totally work for a day to night transformation.



One of my tricks for gussying up a pencil skirt is a belt. The belt in these pictures is actually one of my wardrobe secret weapons! It has been featured in many outfits of mine, but I've never really talked about it. But today is the day that changes!

The key to this belt's magic, is that it doesn't have any holes, & instead cinches to any size - making it the perfect finishing touch for any dresses/skirts/trousers in my closet. This magic accessory came on a dress from years ago - I don't even really remember which one it was, but I have rounded up belts that have a similar belting mechanism (relying not on holes, but on cinching).






This pencil skirt usually sits pretty low on my hips, landing the hem right at my knees, but using the belt, I like to create a "paper bag" waist, raising the hem up a little.



Another way you can take this sweater + pencil skirt look to a more glam level, is by adding a touch of {faux} leather in the shell, & a dazzling collar necklace.



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